According to both his baptismal record from St. Edward’s RC church and his WWI Draft Registration, Edward Francis Noble was born 12 April 1877 in Mount Carmel Township, Northumberland County (Co.), Pennsylvania (Pa.). He is the oldest son of Thomas and Margaret (McGinn) Noble and my great uncle.
When it comes to his marriage there was an interesting anomaly. The church register of Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC church in Mt. Carmel states that Edward married Elizabeth Roney on 23 June 1903. In the 1900 Us Federal census, the household of Edward Noble consists of:
- Edward Nolle [Noble], head, born Apr 1877, age 23, married 1 year
- Lizzie Nolle [Noble], wife, born Apr 1879, age 21, married 1 year
- Gertrude Nolle [Noble], daughter, born May 1900, age 0/12
Some thoughts I had was that there may have been a civil marriage in 1899 or they may have been living together, finally making it legal in 1903. Unless I can find a marriage license record in the courthouse, this is probably a mystery that will never be resolved. The couple is still together and in the same household in 1910.
The next oddity encountered with Edward is that he is enumerated without his wife and child[ren] in all the remaining available US censuses. In 1918, he lists his next of kin on his draft card as his father, Thomas. At first I thought his wife died, but his daughter was not present in any of these census records either.
In 1920 and 1930, he lived with his father (who died in 1931) and in 1940, he is living with my grandfather, William J. Noble in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pa. I don’t remember him living with us when my mother and I lived with my grandparents in Philadelphia during 1944/45, while my father was serving in the military.
It was not until I found Edward’s wife’s death certificate that I discovered the answer. Elizabeth Agnes Roney Noble died on 9 October 1952 in Haverford, Delaware Co., Pa. with a marital status of separated. Edward died seven months later on 26 May 1953 in Mt. Carmel, Northumberland, Pa. His marital status at death was widowed. He is buried in St. Mary’s cemetery in Mt. Carmel.
Week 50 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.